With nearly 4,000 years of continuous history, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. Before 19th century, China was of the most advanced societies and had one of the biggest and successful economies in the world; but it then missed the industrial revolution and began to decline. 19th and 20th century had brought imperialism, internal weakness and civil wars to China which has damaged the country and its economy, and led to the overthrow of imperial rule. After stagnating communist rule under its late leader, Chairman Mao, China now has the world's fastest-growing economy and is undergoing what has been described as a second industrial revolution.
Many of the modern world elements originated in China, including paper, gunpowder, credit banking, the compass and paper money and many of our everyday items are produced in China.
Now in 21 century China still remains a country of contradictions. It has the world’s fastest train, the world's largest electricity-generating plant of any kind - the enormous and ambitious Three Gorges Dam, successful space programme, 2008 Olympics. But at the same time millions of China’s workers and peasants live in poverty, human rights are violated and country lacks of religious freedom.
Ancient and ultra modern, multi cultural and diverse - China is an epic adventure and waits you to discover its treasures!